A rare photo of the horror writer and Baltimore icon Edgar Allan Poe will be auctioned in New York on — when else? — Valentine's Day.
The photo was taken in September 1849 — just three weeks before the author's mysterious death at the age of 40 — and is expected to fetch between $10,000 and $15,000, according to a news release issued by New York's Swann Auction Galleries.
According to the release, Poe sat for many photographic portraits during his short life. This one is a tintype made after a daguerreotype — an early type of photograph — owned originally by Poe's first fiancee, the former Sarah Royster. Since the 1970s, it has been owned by a private collector.
"His penetrating, deep-set eyes, dark hair, black-clad, somewhat disheveled dress, and now haggard features seem to portend his premature and lonely death just three weeks later," the release said.
The daguerreotype was made in Richmond, Va., by photographer William A. Pratt and the tintype was created sometime within the next decade.